Just days after a federal judge gave Cook County the green light to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses right away, a Republican county clerk from downstate is taking it upon himself to the same in his county.
More than 80 same-sex couples from Illinois and have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including several from other counties who apparently didn’t want to wait until June 1, when gay marriage becomes legal throughout the state.
History was being made Saturday at the County Building where same-sex couples were lining up in marriage court to be among the first to tie the knot after a judge decided yesterday there was no reason they should have to wait until the law was to take effect on the first of June, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
Same-sex couples wasted no time getting marriage licenses on Friday, shortly after a federal judge ruled they don’t have to wait until June to tie the knot in Cook County.
Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.
A federal court is ordering an Illinois county clerk’s office to issue a marriage license to any same-sex couple who wants to wed immediately because one members has a life-threatening illness.
Two Chicago women on Wednesday became the first same-sex couple to say their vows in Illinois after a federal judge granted an expedited marriage license because of one woman’s ailing health.
A desperate wish is answered for two women who say they can’t wait until next summer to get married.
Illinois will soon become the 16th state to allow same-sex couples to marry, as Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign gay marriage legislation at a public ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday afternoon.
Big bucks — that’s what this week’s passage of the Illinois same-sex marriage bill may mean for the city and the state. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov explains.
A number of gay and lesbian couples popped the question within hours of the time the legislature acted.
Chicago’s wedding industry is gearing up for a flood of gay couples, now that Illinois is legalizing same-sex marriages.
A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama’s home state.
With same-sex marriage appearing closer to reality in Illinois, African-American religious leaders are ramping up their campaign to defeat the measure in Springfield, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
The group is largely nonpartisan officials from Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Kendall counties.
Gay rights activists seeking the right to marry staged a protest and rally outside of a north side office of state representative Greg Harris. WBBM’s Bob Roberts was there.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s not discouraged that lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.
Opponents of legislation to legalize gay marriage in Illinois rallied Wednesday outside the state Capitol, one day after thousands held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it.
In Springfield today, the beginning of the fall veto session, saw state lawmakers far outnumbered by those lobbying in support of one key issue before the legislature: marriage equality.
Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois say now is the time for lawmakers to give it the okay, and headed to Springfield by the busload on Tuesday to deliver their message, but it remained unclear if there were enough votes in the House to send same-sex marriage legislation to the governor.